|1/. RELAXING BOX.
Any plastic container with a tight
fitting lid can be used for this purpose.
2/. MOUNTING PINS.
We use almost all No 3. Stainless steel pins
with a solid head. Really small specimens may require No2 pins, but we
find these very thin and are subject to bending easily. And No5 pins may
be used for really large specimens like Ornithoptera and large moths.
3/. SMALL FOAM BLOCK.
This is really handy to stick pins
in, especially the large needles required for holding things. It saves you
having to pick them up off the work top all the time.
If you are like us, you will maybe need
some close-up glasses. You will fumble if you can't see things clearly
May be required for cutting into bodies
especially hard to set specimens like Prepona's and Agrias.
6/. SETTING NEEDLE.
We use an adjustable dentist
grip, which you can mount very small micro pins in the end of. You can
also use "Spade-ended" tweezers for holding the wing with, if
7/. TWEEZERS. As you can see we use quite a
selection. Blunt tweezers (used for stamp collecting) for picking up
specimens, Sharp pointed tweezers for manipulating small wings like
Lycaenidae, and good strong tweezers for manipulating wings of medium to
Large and Small, for injecting
very hot water into thoraxes.
9/. FINE BRUSHES.
For brushing off occasional mould
patches, or unwanted items from specimens.
A good quality wood
workers water based glue. This is most invaluable for fixing wings, and
minor repairs. Must be one that dries clear.
Obviously used for cutting things
12/. BOTTLE CAP.
We squeeze some glue into this.
Possibly the most important of all. An
endless supply of COFFEE.
( Tea if you prefer. Alcohol not recommended)
14/. WATER SPRAYER.
You can get one of these from just about any
department store or garden centre. Used for spraying a fine mist into your
for Boiling water. A thermo insulated mug is the
best. Keeps your boiling water hot enough for 10-15 minutes.
16/. PINS. Heaps and heaps of pins for holding paper
over wings. We just use ordinary dressmaking pins about 20mm
These are longer, 35mm pins (usually entomology pins)
These are used for adjusting antennae, bodies etc. Once you have
surrounded a specimen with the other pins, it can sometimes be quite hard
to get any more small pins in, and the extra length is very handy.
18/. MOUNTING PAPER.
We use ordinary Tracing paper,
obtained from any newsagency or art shop. This enables you to see what you
are doing through the paper.
19/. TOILET TISSUE.
Used for lining your relaxing box, and
dabbing up any excess moisture.